On Sunday, November 4, 2018, I will fulfill a lifelong dream of running my first NYC marathon. I am thrilled to be running it for a cause that hits extremely close to home for me: The Herren Project, a non-profit organization that aims to serve individuals and families impacted by substance use disorder and the disease of addiction throughout the U.S. I'd be so honored and grateful if you would help me in my fundraising journey!
The U.S. is losing more American lives to substances each year than it did to the Vietnam War. In 2016 alone, over 42,000 of these substance-related deaths were due to opioids.
Addiction affects us all - directly and indirectly. I have had friends and family who have been fortunate enough to get the treatment they needed to get back on track; I have also known people who lost their lives to addiction. In December 2017, I lost my first cousin, Charles Rizzo, to a fatal fentanyl overdose. I racked my brain for weeks trying to understand how this could have happened, and how I could prevent others from feeling the pain that my family was feeling. Then I found The Herren Project and THP Runs, which provides assistance to those who are battling addiction in taking the first steps toward recovery through treatment navigation, educational programs, mentoring resources and support groups.
As I prepare to run 26.2 miles, I am asking for your support in achieving my $4,000 fundraising goal. By donating, you will be providing support to The Herren Project in helping make a difference in addiction awareness and prevention.
This program could make a difference - one person, one family, and one community at a time.
Thank you for your support, I will be sure to carry it with me from start to finish on November 4, 2018!
For additional information please visit www.theherrenproject.org and www.thpprojectpurple.com.